PSY 200 Online, Dr. Cheryl Merchant

Discussion 1, Chapter 1
Using the principles of operant conditioning discussed in Chapter 1 of the current course
textbook as your primary source, make recommendations to a parent dealing with their 2-yearolds temper tantrums to get a cookie in the grocery store. In addition to your recommendations,
include numbers 1 through 3 below in your discussion:
1) Identify parent responses that would reinforce the tantrums and make them increase
(e.g., giving attention to the child or giving him or her the cookie;
2) Identify behaviors that would extinguish the behavior (e.g., ignoring them);
3) Include the possible consequences of spanking in this situation (see the attached
review by E. Gershoff in 2002, titled Corporal Punishment by Parents and Associated
Child Behaviors and Experiences: A Meta-Analytic and Theoretical Review, from the
peer-reviewed journal Psychological Bulletin, to help support your discussion on
Use the APA 6th Edition writing format and be sure to use in-text citations and a
matching full reference for each in-text citation to support (back up) your discussion. You are
free to use other sources in addition to the current course textbook. Refer to the APA video and
other information posted in the discussion board.
Examples of In-Text Citations from the Textbook and the Journal Article are as Follows:
Textbook Example:
Developmental psychology is the scientific study of the physical, cognitive, social, and
emotional development of humans from conception to death (Rathus, 2018).
Journal Article Example:
Psychologists disagree on whether corporal punishment is effective (Gershoff, 2002).
Rathus, S. A. (2018). HDEV (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
Gershoff, E. (2002). Corporal punishment by parents and associated child behaviors and
Experiences: A meta-analytic and theoretical review. Psychological Bulletin 128(4),
(Note: There are matching in-text citations and full references for each example.

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